I Am Fortune’s Fool
In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a character says, “I am fortune’s fool.” The character refers directly to himself by saying, “I have made all my bad fortune.” Benvolio, the prince’s courtier, informs Romeo that he was banished from Verona, and is about to die. He also tells the audience of the tragic fate of Tybalt and Mercutio. The tragedy that Romeo has brought upon himself is the result of his tragic flaw, his impulsive passion.
The male lead in the play declares that he is fortune’s fool. He declares that fate has made him a fool and that he is a victim. This oxymoron is not subject to copyright issues, despite it being an absurdity. The original author of the phrase, however, has long passed away. Still, the phrase has influenced the title of the play, “Fortune’s Fool.”
The play portrays the inevitability and futility of resisting identity. Alliteration is a common technique in Shakespeare’s plays. This is a method in which words with the same consonant sound are placed near each other. This creates rhythm and engages the audience. This technique also plays an important role in Romeo and Juliet.